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TTJ 2020 Holiday Gift Guide Now Available

It’s that time of year once again. The holiday shopping season is upon us. This year’s TTJ Holiday Gift Guide is our best one yet. It’s packed full of great tech and other gift ideas for your loved ones, your friends, your coworkers, and yourself. All of the items in this guide are personal favorites that my family and I use every single day. We do not receive any kickbacks or incentives from any company, and we are not partners with any company, so as always, we only recommend products we know and love. In this way, we are also able to help you purchase, set up, and use your new products.

Continuing in our tradition, we’ve created a podcast episode where we briefly discuss many of the items on our guide, but we’ll share them with you here as well.

Your Personal Shoppers Are Ready!

Let TTJ help you purchase any of the items on this guide as well as others. We’ll search for the best discounts, fastest shipping times, and whatever else you need to make your holiday shopping experience most pleasant. Simply submit payment to one single point of contact for all your holiday gift needs. Think of us as your personal shopping team, or your TTJ elves!:)

Plus, don’t forget about our extended iMessage support hours and special discounts on TTJ Premium Services. If you have any questions, or to start shopping with us immediately, please send iMessages to thetechjuggernaut@icloud.com

Top Pick: Apple iPad Eighth Generation:

Once again the top spot in our gift guide goes to an iPad. This year, the iPad Eighth Generation with 128GB of storage and Wi-Fi Plus Cellular Connectivity is the winner. We love it in gold, but you can also get it in space gray or silver. Our preferred configuration normally costs $559, but we expect to see it discounted significantly this year, at Bestbuy and other locations, so ask us for a quote today.

Along with your new iPad, consider an Apple Smart Cover, Smart Keyboard, iPad Leather Sleeve, Apple Pencil or Logitech Crayon, as well as any adapters you might need, such as the Apple Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adaptor, Lightning Digital AV Adaptor, and Lightning to SD Card Reader.

Top Smart Phones – iPhone 11 or iPhone 12:

Once again, Apple offers iPhone options that will give you the most bang for your buck, with the iPhone 11 or iPhone 12. For the latest models, complete with 5G, MagSafe, and more, shop iPhone 12. To save a few bucks and still receive top features, great performance and cameras, and so much more, try the iPhone 11. Need something larger, or need even more awesome cameras? Go Pro or Pro Max.

Add great protection and style to your purchase with the iPhone 11 or 12 Clear Cases. And don’t forget about MagSafe Chargers, Power Adaptors, and more.

TV Like Never Before:

Bring your living room into the 21st century with an AppleTV 4K set top box. Available in either 32 or 64GB, the AppleTV will provide access to all of your entertainment needs. Rent and purchase movies and TV shows directly from Apple’s iTunes Store. Access your favorite services, including Disney Plus, HBO Max, Peacock, Netflix, Hulu, and more. Subscribe to Apple TV Channels, for direct access to premium channels like CBS All Access, Showtime, STARZ, Tastemaid, Smithsonian Channel Plus, Nick Hits, PBS Living, Hallmark Movies Now, and many more – even Apple TV Plus! Add a live TV streaming service option, and enjoy hundreds of popular live channels – including locals, thousands of On Demand titles, cloud-based DVR systems, and more. Enjoy all this and more on AppleTV, iPad, iPhone, Mac, and select other devices, and do it all for a fraction of the cost of traditional cable or satellite services. Make the popcorn, and ask us about AppleTV today. Not sure you’re ready to buy an AppleTV? Ask us how you can try an AppleTV in your own home risk free for seven days.

Audio Has Never Sounded So Good:

Apple’s HomePod is the absolute best sounding consumer speaker system we have ever heard – even beating out professionally installed, wired home theater systems. Plus, it’s packed with great features, like Siri, access to Apple Music, and so much more. Purchase two full-sized HomePods for stereo sound. Combine them with an AppleTV 4K for an incredible Dolby Atmos home theater experience like never before. Want to fill the kitchen, bedrooms, or other small spaces with sound? Consider a few HomePod Mini devices. Need portable Bluetooth sound? Apple’s got you covered there too, with the Beats Pill Plus Portable Bluetooth Speaker.

Personal Sound That’s Simply Unheard-Of:

Apple’s AirPods provide convenience, style, and great sound. With the included charging case, you can listen unplugged for up to 24 hours. Plus, we’re expecting great discounts here as well.

On the Eighty-eights:

This year we are including two digital pianos in our list of favorite products – the Alesis Virtue 88 Key Digital Home Piano, and the Casio CDP-S350. Both offer great features for everyone, from beginners and families to professionals. The Alesis Virtue is particularly interesting, as it’s just $399, but still includes 360 sounds, 200 rhythms, 80 demo songs, USB connectivity, and much, much more – even three months of free online piano lessons, a complete furniture stand, petals, a dust cover with music rest, and a bench.

See, and Hear, Who’s There:

The Logitech Circle View is our hands-down pick for security cameras this year. It’s designed exclusively for use with Apple HomeKit, supports Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video system, and requires absolutely no additional apps or logins. It features two-way audio, night vision, weather proofing for outdoor use, and much more. It is available for just $159. If you’re looking for a lower-cost start option that includes pan and tilt capability, try the Eufy Security 2K In Door Pand and Tilt camera for around $50.

supplement your security offerings with the Honeywell Home 9 Series Doorbell for just under $25. It includes a wireless button with a five year battery, a battery-operated indoor bell with a wireless range of up to 400 feet, multiple doorbell tones to choose from, halo lighting, a night mode, and the ability to use your own music as the bell tones.

Even More On Security and the Smart Home:

We are suggesting the Onvis Smart Home Security Alarm Sensor. It features a contact sensor with chime, multiple alarm tones, a temperature and humidity sensor, simple battery operation, and best of all, compatibility with Apple HomeKit. Need something for the whole house? Try the Abode Iota or the Abode Gateway, in one of several expandable starter kits with Homekit.

We are also suggesting the Wemo Mini Smart Plug, the Honeywell Lyric T5 or T5 Plus Thermostat, the Amazon Basics Microwave, the Amazon Echo Show 5, and the Friday Home Lock.

Where Am I Gonna Put It?

If you take our advice and purchase the iPad with all those awesome accessories, you may find yourself wanting a convenient way to store and carry it all. For that, we recommend that men check out the Men’s Messenger Bag 15.6 Inch Water Proof Vintage Genuine Leather Waxed Canvas Briefcase large satchel shoulder bag. It’s got enough compartments for all those accessories. Ladies, we’re not excluding you, so give us a call or send us an iMessage for special options for women. Want to carry that Apple Card in style and protect it according to Apple’s recommendations? Sorry ladies, but this one’s for the guys as well, because purses do a fantastic job of keeping the Apple Card safe, but we men shouldn’t use a standard wallet. So, give the Carbon Fiber Wallet RFID Blocking Credit Card Case with Black Metal Slim Money Clip a try.

Fresh Brewed Is Always Best:

Try Necessary Coffee. We think once you do, you’ll never want any other kind. It’s ground fresh or provided as a fresh whole bean, your choice. We prefer the Blend variety around here, but there are other options as well. Necessary Coffee will make the perfect stocking stuffer, if you can wait that long to drink it.

Numerous Other Gift Ideas:

Need further gift-giving inspiration? Consider some of these personal and family favs, such as:

  • Vocolink Flower Bud Defuser and Vaporizer with Apple HomeKit
  • GoWISE USA Digital Air Frier
  • Vizio Smartcast TV
  • HP Deskjet 3570 All-In-One Printer with Apple AirPrint, HP Instant Ink, and more
  • Gift cards for Grubhub/Doordash/other grocery and food delivery services
  • Beasts of Balance Interactive Family Board Game for AppleTV and other devices
  • Gourmet popcorn or homemade chocolates and sweet treats from our favorite candy company
  • Flavored tea gourmet variety set
  • Home Spa Kit
Listen to the Podcast:

Don’t forget to also check out our Podcast, where you can hear about most of these items and more. God bless you and take care.:)

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TTJ Announces Extended Holiday iMessage Support Hours, Special Discounts, and More

The holiday shopping season is about to begin. Though Black Friday shopping may look considerably different for many of us this year, it is absolutely still happening, and TTJ will be part of it!

Holiday Gift Guide:

This weekend, The Tech Juggernaut will release our Annual Holiday Gift Guide as a podcast and a corresponding blog post. We’ll share our favorite gadgets for the 2020 Holiday Shopping Season. Don’t miss this exciting gift guide, so you’ll know exactly what to put under the tree for your loved ones, friends, and coworkers.

TTJ Premium Service Discounts:

Need support and training on your new tech? No problem; we’ve got you covered. Effective immediately, purchase any TTJ Premium Support Package or Training Package and save 10%. Or, save big on our TTJ Total Coverage Bundle, including TTJ Premium Support for one year, 30 hours of training that never expire, and your choice of 20 hours of Mac training or 20 hours of TTJ Premium Design Services, plus, receive a free gift when you make the purchase. Under our current pricing, this incredible combination of services is a $900 value, but from now through December 28, 2020, receive this awesome package for just $599 – a savings of more than 30%.

Still not impressed? Combine these services with any hardware purchased through The Tech Juggernaut, and save an additional 5% on the Premium Support and Training packages, or an additional 10% on TTJ Total Coverage as outlined above. For further details, please tune into our upcoming Holiday Gift Guide Podcast Episode, or iMessage with us for any questions and other offers.

Extended Holiday Hours:

At TTJ, we want to make it easy for you to get the support you need when shopping for, setting up, or using your new tech products. So, we are offering extended holiday support hours during the Black Friday shopping season. On Monday November 23 through Wednesday the 25th, we will continue normal support hours, which can be found on our Contact Page. On Thursday, November 26, we will be open for iMessage support from 6PM to 3AM Eastern Time.

On Friday, November 27, we will offer support from 12 Noon through 12 Midnight Eastern Time.

On Saturday, November 29, we will hold a free virtual help session at 1PM Eastern, and iMessage support will continue through Midnight Eastern.

During these extended support hours, all questions must be submitted by iMessage only. Emails and phone calls will not be accepted for support during this time. To get in touch with us during these extended support hours, please use the Messages app on your Apple device to send a message to either:

Thetechjuggernaut@icloud.com

Or,

Sturitup@icloud.com

Please Read: Important Support Info For TTJ Premium Support and TRaining Customers

As of Monday, November 23, 2020, all TTJ Premium Support and Training customers should have iOS/iPad OS 14, TVOS 14, Watch OS 7, and HomePod Software 14, installed on all their devices. TTJ is happy to walk you through this simple update process at no charge as part of your Premium package, or during our free help sessions. Any customer wishing to purchase or renew any Premium Support or Training Services will be required to have all devices updated to the latest versions before purchasing or renewing packages. The latest versions are currently 14.2 for TVOS/iOS/iPad OS/HomePod, and 7.X for Watch OS.

TTJ will officially end support for iOS 13 and its counterparts as of December 31, 2020. At this point, customers will need to update their devices prior to receiving assistance from TTJ. If you contact TTJ for support after December 31, we will walk you through updating, then provide the support or training you have requested. Customers who purchase hourly support and training, rather than premium packages, will be charged a flat Software Update Assist fee of $80, beyond the standard hourly rates. This fee will include assistance with the update processes, as well as two additional hour-long orientation sessions for the new software.

If your device is not able to run iOS 14 and its counterparts, and if you already have a Premium Support package, TTJ will honor the terms of that package until it expires, but you will not be eligible to renew your package until you obtain a more current device, capable of running Apple’s latest software. Premium Training customers, who have purchased 30 hours of training that never expire, may in some circumstances, be expected to maintain a device capable of running the latest software in order to keep using training hours, and their training hours may be put on hold until they have obtained such a device.

The purpose for such requirements is to provide the absolute best experience to all customers. With every major release of Apple software comes a host of new features, improved functionality, and better security and privacy features. In order to provide all our customers with the world-class experience for which you’ve come to know us, and in order to support everyone equally, we require paying customers to keep devices up-to-date. We offer what we feel are absolutely unprecedented support and training services at incredible prices, and this simple update process is your part in properly maintaining your awesome devices. We see it as no different than jewelers requiring regular inspections of your jewelry, or car dealerships requiring regular oil changes, in order to continue to honor extended service plans. We thank you for your understanding, and we appreciate your cooperation regarding this matter. If you have any questions please send iMessages to:

Thetechjuggernaut@icloud.com

Our Next TTJ Virtual Help Session Begins Soon

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See you soon. God bless you and take care.:)

Join Us For Our Next Free Virtual Help Session

Our next free TTJ Virtual Help Session begins at 3PM Eastern Time.

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How to remove apps from the home screen without deleting them from your iPhone

How to Remove Apps from the Home Screen without Deleting Them from Your iPhone:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for November 16, 2020

One of the many ways iOS 14 allows you to customize your iPhone Home screen is by giving you the option to delete apps from your Home screen without deleting them entirely. This enables you to keep your Home screen clean by only featuring the apps you want the quickest access to, while allowing you to still access the apps you removed from your Home screen, through the App Library. Keep your Home screen clean but all your apps available with these easy steps.

Note:  These instructions were written for sighted persons, who are not using voiceOver.  If you are using VoiceOver:  when the instructions say “Tap on an item”, perform a one finger double tap.

How to Delete Apps from Your Home Screen in iOS 14

1.  Long press a blank part of your Home screen until the apps start to wiggle.

2.  Swipe to the app page with the app icon you want to remove

3.  Tap the minus (-) symbol on the top left of the app icon.

4.  Tap Remove from Home Screen.

The app will still be accessible through the App Library but will no longer be featured on your Home screen.

Our Next TTJ Virtual Help Session Begins Soon

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Join Our Apple Event Festivities Today

Apple will be holding a special media event today at 1PM Eastern Time. TTJ will once again be celebrating this event, beginning one hour early with our pregame show at Noon Eastern.

Please join us as we discuss what we expect to see from Apple at this exciting event.

Then, tune in live at 1PM Eastern, using your Apple TV app on any device, or by visiting YouTube or Apple.Com. Finally, come back to our session for a post-event discussion and Q and A.

Join Us Now

How to turn Live Photos into a video on an iPhone

How to Turn Live Photos into a Video on an iPhone:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for November 9, 2020

How to turn a Live Photo into a video by selecting two or more Live Photos.  Apple’s Live Photos are fun, three-second videos that capture a brief period of movement and sound, rather than a standard, static picture.  These moving pictures can be turned into GIFs, used as your Lock screen, still photos can be saved from them, and more.

Note:  These instructions were written for sighted persons, who are not using voiceOver.  If you are using VoiceOver:  when the instructions say “Tap on an item”, perform a one finger double tap.

How to Turn 2 or More Live Photos into a Video:

1.  Open the Photos app.

2.  Tap Albums. 

3.  Find your Live Photos under Media Types.

4.  Find the Live Photos that you’d like to use to create your video. 

5.  Tap the Share icon.

6.  After you tap the Share icon, you’ll see the next photos in your Live Photo series; tap the other Live Photos you’d like to include in your video.

7.  Scroll down and tap Save as Video.

8.  Your Live Photos are now combined into a video; to view the video, navigate to the Albums tab, then tap Recents.

9.  Tap the video in your Recents tab to watch, edit, and share it.

To Share a photo or several photos:  Open the Photos app on your Apple iOS device.   Select the Albums tab, then choose the album that you want.  Now, at the top of the screen is a Select button. Double tap this, then double tap each photo or video you wish to select.  The Share button should be at the bottom of the screen.

After you choose Share, VoiceOver will announce the number of photos selected. If you swipe up and down immediately with one finger, you will find an Options Button. Double tap this, and you will be able to change various sharing options, such as whether to include the location in the photos, whether to send individual photos or send them as an iCloud link, and more.